Ducks Rally in 9th, Snap Cats' Streak
March 28, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team saw its 15-game winning streak snapped by Oregon as the Ducks rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to win, 9-8, on Sunday afternoon at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
Arizona (20-5, 2-1 Pac-10) finished one game shy of the longest winning streak in the Andy Lopez era, which is 16 games set by the 2007 club. The 15-game win streak stands as the sixth-longest overall win streak in program history and is tied for the seventh-longest home winning streak for the school.
The Wildcats carried an 8-5 lead and seemed to have a 16th-straight win in hand. But the Ducks did not give in despite being down to their last out.
Arizona closer Nick Cunningham retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth, before Danny Pulfer reached base with single to centerfield. Eddie Rodriguez followed with a single up the middle, which advanced Pulfer to third. Pulfer then scored on pinch hitter Shawn Peterson’s RBI single to centerfield.
With runners at the corners, Jack Marder lifted a 1-2 pitch high down the right field line that carried over the 360-foot sign for a three-run home run, giving the Ducks a 9-8 lead.
Arizona was retired in order in the ninth to end the game by Scott McGough, who earned his second save of the season. Oregon reliever Christian Jones, who pitched the eighth inning, got his first win of the season.
Like most games during the win streak, Arizona took an early lead as it plated four runs in the bottom of the first to lead 4-1. The Wildcats added a run in the third on Steve Selsky’s solo blast and the tacked on three in the bottom of the sixth to lead 8-3.
Arizona starter Kyle Simon allowed single runs in the first, second, fifth and seventh frames before he turned over an 8-4 lead to the bullpen after seven innings. Simon scattered 10 hits – nine singles and one triple – while allowing four runs.
Jared Forestieri walked the first batter he faced in relief of Simon in the eighth inning. Stephen Manthei replaced Forestieri, but was unable to keep the run from scoring in the inning as Oregon cut UA’s lead to 8-5.
Arizona will hit the road for the first time season as it plays a three game series at California April1-3. The Thursday-Saturday series will begin on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.